Nordstrom shoplifter arrested for grand theft
Original post made on Nov 6, 2012
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on Nov 6, 2012 at 8:32 am
It's good news that this person was caught so quickly, but now what? She will be processed "in the system", and end up costing the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in direct, and indirect, costs.
In this case, Nordstrom's didn't lose any money--but the taxpayers end up losing bigtime.
Society can not afford to deal with petty theives in the future, as it has in the past. We (society) needs to consider other possible ways to deal with these sorts of indiscretions that does not involve a heavy involvement of the "legal system".
For instance, the $950 dollar threshold for calling theft "grand theft" could be lifted to a higher value--say $5,000. Stores, like Nordstroms, could tag all of their merchandise with RFID tags, so that merchandies would be able to "tell the store" if it has been moved very far from where it should be.
Shopping centers could use facial recgnition software to monitor shoppers, using databases of photographs of people known to have stolen in the past.
And of course, better surveillance technology that would provide useful pictures of people suspected of stealing for law enforcement use.
Shopping centers, and their wealthy clients, need to do more to make it harder for theives to steal. The recent theft at Victoria's Secret is an example of incredibly bad store management that has pushed their problem on the backs of the publicly-funded police. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to tell Victoria's that when they don't manage their own store properly, it's not the public's problem.
on Nov 6, 2012 at 9:14 am
"Stores, like Nordstroms, could tag all of their merchandise with RFID tags, so that merchandies would be able to "tell the store" if it has been moved very far from where it should be."
on Nov 6, 2012 at 11:28 am
@bob, that sounds like a good idea, but it would penalize small businesses that could not afford such elaborate systems. The thieves would just go to those small stores instead. And for even Nordstroms, it would be just yet another expense contributing to the problem of how brick and mortar business can't compete with Amazon.